Things to do nearby Little Rose Cottage
Little Rose Cottage is a fabulous place to visit all that the South Lakes and coast has to offer. There is horse riding on the sandy beaches at Haverigg or in the fells surrounding the Whicham valley. Black Combe is your nearest fell and well worth a hike to the top. In fact, put on your hiking boots and stride out from the front door, up the fell and over to Swinside Stone Circle. There is golf nearby at Silecroft, Ulverston and Eskdale.
The Duddon Valley is beautiful and the perfect place for a picnic by the river – Birks Bridge near the top end of the Duddon Valley is a well known place for wild swimming. Beyond is Wrynose Pass – the steepest road in England which takes you over to Ambleside and beyond.
Your nearest lake is Coniston and is just 25 minutes away. It’s a lovely village with pubs and shops, and of course the lakeside with rowing boats and water activities.
This quieter southwest corner of the Lake District has two major advantages: it has a lot less rain than the central Lakes, and a lot less traffic. Take a drive up the Duddon Valley and see why Wordsworth loved it. The church in Seathwaite had a vicar nicknamed ‘Wonderful Walker’ in the 1700s, much admired by the poet, and you can discover his history here. A little further up, Birks Bridge spans a fine gorge. Brave people jump off, or you could just go for a bit of wild swimming in the gin-clear water.
The nearby Newfield Inn is well worth lunch before you drive onto the two most famous passes in the Lakes: Hardknott and Wrynose. Hardknott takes you over to Eskdale and a magnificent day’s circuit. If you drive over Hardknott be sure to stop off at the amazing Roman Fort half-way down the other side, complete with a bath-house.
Once over Hardknott Pass, lovely Eskdale opens out before you: a view Ruskin described as the ‘Gateway to Paradise’. More recently, Alfred Wainwright confessed it was his favourite valley, and it’s easy to see why. Call in at St. Catherine’s church, by the sparkling waters of the Esk, and take a walk over the stepping stones or the bridge to the magical Stanley Ghyll waterfall. Eskdale boasts no fewer than five inns, all lovely and serving food. Two are in the tiny village of Boot, and here you can see Cumbria’s only working water mill and watch it grinding corn, as it has for centuries. If Hardknott hasn’t put you off the narrow roads, make your way home over Birker Moor or carry on down lower Eskdale and come home over Corney Fell.
Broughton-in-Furness is the nearest small town, with a lovely cobbled square and local shops. Why look for a supermarket when you can find a brilliant bakery, family butchers and greengrocer right here in town? Not to mention the Pitstop garage and gift shop and, in nearby Foxfield, a great garden centre. The Manor Arms was author Richard Adams's favourite pub, where he dreamed up Watership Down. Eight miles further on is the Lindale Safari Zoo, a splendid day out where the animals roam freely and you view them as you would in Africa.
A little further is Ulverston, a market town and the birthplace of Stan Laurel – much feted and remembered here! The only place in Britain where you’ll find a museum completely dedicated to Stan and Ollie! Stroll around this unpretentious little town, through Ford Park, and maybe up to what looks like a lighthouse (it’s actually a folly), If you do really want a supermarket you’ll find the upmarket Booths here.
Swinside Stone Circle is just a couple of miles away. Almost perfectly round, the 51 stones are so close together you can easily imagine the circle completely enclosed – an ancient cathedral. This circle is over 5,000 years old and you can feel its resonance and antiquity. The famous stone circle guru Aubrey Burl describes Swinside as ‘the loveliest of all the circles’.
Before you reach Millom, near Whicham Church, is the beginning of the path up Black Combe, the mighty mountain to the north of Hallthwaites. A long walk to the top rewards with panoramic views over the sea to the Isle of Man, to faraway Scotland, or down to Morecambe.
If you fancy a quick round of golf, the links course at nearby Silecroft offers ‘pay and play’ 9 or 18 hole rounds, which are very reasonably priced. Silecroft is on the coast, about five miles west of Hallthwaites. Alternatively, if you've ever fancied that easy romantic canter through the waves, then head to Cumbrian Heavy Horses. They offer beach rides, mountain rides or general trekking, all on magnificent Clydesdales and Shire horses.
Coniston Water is your nearest lake, offering a unique trip on the genuinely steam-powered ‘Gondola’, a restored Victorian beauty. Donald Campbell went much faster in his jet-propelled ‘Bluebird’ but sadly crashed in his attempt at the world speed record in 1967. The Ruskin Museum in Coniston explores his story and is trying hard to house the boat which was raised, and indeed to see it power through the water once more.
John Ruskin was a huge figure in the 19th century and spent his older years overlooking Coniston from his home, Brantwood, which is open to the public. It's a beautiful house, with beautiful gardens and a lovely place to take lunch on the terrace. Ruskin was heavily involved with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of artists and lost his wife, Effie Gray, to the illustrious John Everett Millais.